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Global initiatives

Due in part to the Internet, there are an increasing number of global movements to link spiritual beliefs and values with concrete action.

Global declarations and conventions  top^

Beijing Declaration

The official declaration by governments participating in the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 of commitment to advance the goals of equality, development and peace for all women everywhere in the interest of all humanity.
UN website, linked 08/16

Budapest Declaration of the World Wisdom Council

A declaration regarding the steps to be taken at this tipping point time to reverse current trends towards chaos and destruction so that the coming fundamental change is positive, the transformation is least traumatic, and the human, economic, and ecological cost is minimized.
Wisdom Page website, linked 08/16

Charter for Compassion

Initiated by Karen Armstrong and endorsed by over 100 partners, the Charter points out that the world's religions share a common commitment to compassion that can deepen our appreciation of diversity and help cultivate an informed empathy with all others.
Website, linked 08/16

Common Word Between Us and You

An historic declaration by 138 prominent Muslim scholars, clerics and intellectuals of the common ground between Christianity and Islam - namely, the love of God and the love of the neighbor - addressed to the leaders of the world’s Christian churches. The website has a place for you to endorse the declaration if you wish.
Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Jordan (Sept 2007), linked 08/16

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and often described as an international bill of rights for women, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women ("...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field") and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.
UN website, linked 08/16

Declaration for All Life on Earth

Launched by the Goi Peace Foundation to promote a shared vision of a truly peaceful and harmonious world for all life in the 21st century.
Goi website, linked 08/16

Declaration Toward a Global Ethic

Signed at the Parliament of the World's Religions gathering in 1993 by more than 200 leaders from 40+ different faith traditions and spiritual communities (and thousands more since then), the Declaration establishes a common ground for people of faith to agree and to cooperate for the good of all.
PWR website, linked 08/16

Earth Charter Initiative

A declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society for the 21st century. Created by global civil society, endorsed by thousands of organizations and institutions, the Charter is not only a call to action, but a motivating force inspiring change the world over.
Website, linked 08/16

Istanbul Declaration on Globalisation for the Common Good

Adopted in 2007 by participants in the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, meeting in Istanbul.
Globalisation for the Common Good website, linked 08/16

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

UN Resolution 61/295 adopted September 13, 2007.
UN website, linked 08/16

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Adopted and proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948, along with a call to all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories." It is available in over 335 languages from this website.
UN website, linked 08/16

Meditation initiatives  top^

GaiaField Project

A joint project of the California Institute of Integral Studies and Wisdom Mountain that supports the emergence of a large, resilient, multi-hub network of spiritual leaders and their constituencies who will regularly participate in and co-create large-scale global meditation and prayer vigils for world peace by facilitating the sharing of information and resources between the many existing networks which share the goal of bringing together hundreds of thousands of people.
Website, linked 08/16

NEW Millennium Meditation Project

Carries on the work started in 1995 in preparation for the New Millennium by convening a group of meditators at the 0 hour of each new year to start the year by bringing a wave of meditatively generated love, light and will into the consciousness of Humanity. All are welcome to participate.
Arcana Workshops website, linked 08/16

Spiritual Caucus at the United Nations

Supports the spiritual principles and purposes of the UN, seeking to balance and strengthen the endeavors of the UN system and its affiliates with inner reflection and stillness. It meets the first and third Thursday of every month, from 1:15-2:30 pm, and anyone interested in supporting the UN in this way is welcome to join in person (at 12:45) or by silent meditative link.
Website, linked 08/16

Triangles: A Network of Love and Light

Triangles is a service activity for persons of goodwill who believe in the power of thought. Working in groups of three, they establish right human relations by creating a worldwide network of light and goodwill. The website contains instructions on forming and registering a triangle.
Lucis Trust website, linked 08/16

United Nations Days & Years Meditation Initiative

Forms a well-established global rhythm of service, bringing together people of goodwill worldwide to co-operate in addressing the important issues of our times. Supplies meditations for use by individuals and groups in support of both the UN Days and the themes for the Year.
Intuition in Service website, linked 08/16

Winter Feast for the Soul

Held mid-Jan to mid-Feb, annually a 40-day worldwide spiritual practice period for people of all faiths everywhere. Meditation resources information available, and a look at the 2011 event.
Website, linked 08/16

World Prayers Project

A searchable archive of the great prayers (adorations, celebrations, invocations, meditations) from all life-affirming faiths and spiritual traditions around the world for the purposes of inspiration, study, and cross cultural appreciation.
World Prayers website, linked 08/16

New consciousness initiatives  top^

Alliance for a New Humanity

Dedicated to helping create global communities of personal and social transformation and connecting them with each other, and comprised of people from all regions of the world and all walks of life who are united by a common vision: to strengthen and sustain an actively compassionate humanity.
Website, linked 08/16

Awakening the Dreamer Initiative

A symposium focused on environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfillment, and social justice that can be accessed by scrolling down on 'useful links' and then choosing 'Awakening the Dreamer Symposium.'
John Renesch website, linked 08/16

Center for the Story of the Universe

Resources to help us understand that the Universe is so biased toward complexification that life and intelligence are now seen to be a nearly inevitable construction of evolutionary dynamics. Our new challenge is to reinvent our civilization within an intelligent, self-organizing, living Universe.
Website, linked 08/16

Charter for Compassion

The Charter, drafted by a multi-faith, multi-national council of thinkers and leaders, is a cry for a return to the central principle of The Golden Rule and to make compassion a key word in public and private discourse.
Website, linked 08/16

Collective Wisdom Initiative

Created to help make visible an emerging field of collective consciousness — often seen and expressed through metaphor — that is real and influential, yet invisible. When we come into alignment with this field, there is a deeper understanding of our connection with others, with life, and with a source of collective wisdom.
Website, linked 08/16

Cultural Creatives

Excellent synopsis of the research work being done on cultural creatives through the Institute for the Emerging Wisdom Culture.
Wisdom University website, linked 08/16

Cultural Creatives, Are You One of Them?

They come from different paths: engineers, scientists, doctors, biologists, philosophers, managers, bankers, and common people. But what really are Cultural Creatives? Who belong to this emerging group?
NGWS website, by Marco Pesce, linked 08/16

Foundation for Conscious Evolution

Focuses on educating people in the worldview of Conscious Evolution and how to apply it in their lives, personally and socially. Provides a vital new social system through which the vast movement for positive change can align, connect and further cooperate toward the common goal of a compassionate, sustainable future that recognizes and supports the inter-connectedness of all life.
Website, linked 08/16

Global Coherence Initiative

The Global Coherence Initiative is a science-based initiative, launched by the Institute of HeartMath® and uniting millions of people in heart-focused care and intention, to shift global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace. It is designed to help individuals and groups work together, synchronistically and strategically to increase the impact of their efforts to create positive global change.
Website, linked 08/16

Global Consciousness Project

An international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists, engineers, artists and others, designed to explore whether the construct of interconnected consciousness can be scientifically validated through objective measurement. There is growing documentation of subtle correlations that reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world.
Website, linked 08/16

Global Network for Spiritual Success

An invitation to focus collectively at noon, local time, on the Spiritual Law of the Day, based on the Seven Spiritual Laws proposed by Deepak Chopra, in order to create world harmony.
Website, linked 08/16

Global Oneness Commitment

An eight-year project, initiated by the Global Oneness Foundation (Stockholm) and the Times Foundation (Delhi,) with the goal of uniting people around the globe to mutual actions towards a new consciousness. The project started with the first Venus transit of June 8, 2004 and will end with the second Transit June 6, 2012.
Avillion website, linked 08/16

Good News Agency

An all-volunteer initiative of Associazione Culturale dei Triangoli e della Buona Volontà Mondiale to research and publish positive and constructive news from all over the world relating to voluntary work, the work of the United Nations, non governmental organizations, and institutions engaged in improving the quality of life.
Website, linked 08/16

Hope in the Cities

Hope in the Cities is an interracial, multi-faith network providing a framework to connect communities across traditional barriers.
I of C Website, linked 08/16

Humanity's Team

A spiritual movement whose purpose is to communicate and implement the belief that we are all one, one with God and one with life, in a shared global state of being, so that the behavior of humanity may shift to reflect this understanding. Dubbed "a civil rights movement for the soul," the movement has some 15,000 adherents from more than 90 countries on six continents.
Website, linked 08/16

Planetary Smile

Proposes that any group organizing to meditate or pray for peace and for the earth imagine a Planetary Smile as a symbol for our potential for conscious evolution toward universal humanity, and that the result will be a shift in the consciousness of the Earth.
Global Consciousness Project, linked 08/16

Project GratOtude

The online community is made of those willing to increase gratitude in their lives so that they can impact others. It’s free to join. Nine monthly challenges with teaching and tools needed to help you implement it in your own life provided.
Website, linked 08/16

Small Acts of Kindness

Contains the original SmileCards resources and other ideas and supports for spreading kindness.
Website, linked 08/16

Virtues Project

Support for the moral and spiritual development of people of all cultures by providing empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life.
Website, linked 08/16

Peace initiatives  top^

Beijing Declaration Platform for Action

An inter-governmental plan to implement the Beijing Declaration from the Fourth World Conference on Women by addressing existing constraints and obstacles to enhancing the advancement and empowerment of women all over the world, with an agreement that this requires urgent action in the spirit of determination, hope, cooperation and solidarity.
UN website, linked 08/16

Compassionate Listening Project

Teaches powerful skills for peacemaking in families, communities, on the job, and in social change work locally and globally.
Website, linked 08/16

Forgiveness Project

An initiative that encourages and empowers people to explore the nature of forgiveness and alternatives to revenge.
Website, linked 08/16

Gather the Women Global Matrix

A new kind of organic, self-organizing grassroots initiative to awaken the leadership potential of the women of the world, and to provide a networking context for women and women's organizations who share a belief that the time is now to activate the incredible power of women's wisdom on a planetary scale.
Website, linked 08/16

Global Peace Initiative

A Brain-Based Approach to Reducing Violence and Global Conflict.
Website, linked 08/16

Global Peace Initiative of Women

GPIW is an international network of women and men who come together to tap their collective spiritual wisdom to stimulate reconciliation and healing in areas of conflict and post-conflict, and to deepen understanding of oneness, compassion, and the principles of ahimsa (non-harm) as central tenets of life.
GPIW website, linked 08/16

Global Peace Project

The Global Peace Initiative is implementing a scientifically validated approach to create and maintain world peace.
Website, linked 08/16

Harmony Project

A peace initiative of an emerging new paradigm of conscious inclusion. Background on 14 faith traditions. Resources include: blog, newsletter, articles, interviews, book/reading list, numerous prayers for peace, extensive glossary.
Website, linked 08/16

Institute for Peace Building

Works with schools, communities and organizations locally and globally to bring an experience and understanding of Peacebuilding practices. Offers unique ways of resolving conflict that give immediate results and build long-term conflict prevention.
Pathways to Peace website, linked 08/16

International Committee for the Peace Council

An international and interfaith group of religious leaders working together to demonstrate that peace is possible and that effective interreligious collaboration to make peace also is possible.
Website, linked 08/16

International Fellowship of Reconciliation

Peace through active nonviolence. IFOR has 82 branches, groups, and affiliates in 48 countries on all continents. Program development in Nonviolence Education and Training, Youth Empowerment, Interfaith Cooperation, Disarmament, and Decade for a Culture of Nonviolence
IFOR website, linked 08/16

International Forgiveness Day / Week

An initiatiave of the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance that takes places the first week of August.
Website, linked 08/16

National Peace Academy

The National Peace Academy supports, advances and nurtures cultures of peace by conducting research and facilitating learning toward the development of peace systems – local to global – and the development of the full spectrum of the peacebuilder – inner and outer, personal and professional.
Website, linked 08/16

Nobel Women's Initiative

The Nobel Women's Initiative was established in 2006 and uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and of courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality.
NWI website, linked 08/16

Online 'Letting Go' Ritual

A ritual is a series of focused actions taken with a specific goal in mind. In this case the goal is to let go and forgive. While the term is often used in a spiritual setting, many communities and individuals from therapists to business consultants now use mindful action as a tool to break through tightly-held patterns of thought and behavior.
Fetzer Institute, linked 08/16

Pathways to Peace

An international peacebuilding, educational and consulting organization with observer status at the UN that works to make Peace a practical reality through local and global projects, to expand communication and build cooperation among existing organizations, and to strengthen the United Nations by increasing citizens' participation in its programs.
Website, linked 08/16

Peace Child International

A network of more than 500 youth eco-groups in 150 countries around the world, working closely with the United Nations and its agencies to empower young people to take responsibility for peace, human rights and the environment.
Website, linked 08/16

Peace Is the Way: Seven Practices

Examples of daily practices to create peace on every level of your life, each taking only a few minutes. You can be as private or outspoken as you wish. But those around you will know that you are for peace, not just through good intentions but by the way you conduct your life on a daily basis.
Website, linked 08/16

Peace Mala

Peace Mala is a non-political, non-religious charitable organisation. The aim is to contribute to education for global citizenship by inviting all people to treat each other with respect regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, sexuality, size, age or ability. Peace Mala has been recognised as a youth project of 'excellent practice' by the Inter Faith Network for the UK.
Website, linked 08/16

Peace Pilgrim

The legacy of Peace Pilgrim who, from 1953 to 1981, walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace.
Website, linked 08/16

Peace x Peace

The Peace X Peace Global Network connects individuals and Circles of women everywhere in the world, through the Internet, for spirited conversation and mutual support. Strangers become friends, friends become as dear as family, and peace grows.
Website, linked 08/16

Peaceful Schools International

PSI acts as a catalyst and clearinghouse for innovative ideas aimed at creating a culture of peace in schools, including providing support and recognition to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.
Website, linked 08/16

Petition: "I Apologize"

The Wiki description of an internet petition launched 12/15/08 by prominent Turkish academics and newspaper columnists, apologizing for the "great catastrophe of 1915" when hundreds of thousands of Ottoman Armenians died in what international historians (despite the denial of the Turkisk government) now call genocide and the Turkish government. Within two days, over 7,000 Turks had signed this controversial petition of apology.
Wiki Website, linked 08/16

Playing for Change

A multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music based on the belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.
Website, linked 08/16

Religions for Peace-USA

The largest representative interreligious collaboration in the US, RFP serves as a consultant and guide for corporations, agencies, and civic organizations working on matters of diversity and inclusion.
RFP website, linked 08/16

Search for Common Ground

Works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.
Website, linked 08/16

Season for Nonviolence

An international event, held Jan. 30-Apr. 4, honors the vision of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr., for an empowered, nonviolent world through a 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities.
Website, linked 08/16

Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace

Provides conflict resolution programs and activities to help reconcile people through safe and structured dialogue within carefully designed learning program, catering for the needs of all age groups. Initiatives focus particularly on children and young people (ages 5 to 19), victims of political violence, and former military and paramilitary combatants, including former adversaries .
Website, linked 08/16

UN Millennium Development Goals

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.
Website, linked 08/16

United Religions Initiative

Formed of Cooperation Circles in over 65 countries that represent more that 100 religions, spiritual expressions, and indigenous traditions, URI's purpose is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously-motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
URI website, linked 08/16

World Goodwill

A multi-pronged initiative to establish right human relations through the use of the power of goodwill - the touchstone that will transform the world.
Lucis Trust website, linked 08/16

World Peace Prayer Society

A non-sectarian, non-political organization associated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. Its work encompasses the globe in ways that support peace, harmony and goodwill among all citizens and promote the universal prayer and wish, "May peace prevail on Earth."
Pathways to Peace website, linked 08/16

Sacred activism  top^

International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

An alliance across international borders of prayer, education and healing for Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children and for the next seven generations to come.
Grandmothers Council website, linked 08/16

Powered by Love: Your Guide to Sacred Activism

An article detailing the work and philosophy of Andrew Harvey on merging social action with spiritual practice.
Louise Danielle Palmer, Spirituality & Health (Sept/Oct 2006), linked 08/16

Sacred Activism

The product of the union of a profound spiritual and mystical knowledge and understanding, and its attendant compassion, peace, energy, clarity and vision, with focused, wise, radical action in the world.
Andrew Harvey, linked 08/16

Sacred Activism and a New Moral Compass for America

The Executive Summary of a multi-stage project to mobilize the New Progressives (a large fourth group of Cultural Creatives) in the USA who identify with core human values and issues that transcend political affiliation. (Scroll down)
Wisdom University website, linked 08/16

Spiritual Activism and Liberation Spirituality: Pathways to Collective Liberation

Describes a new philosophy and practice of social change that is emerging and grows out of an ethic of sustainability, spirituality, and a broader understanding of freedom.
Claudia Horwitz & Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey (2006), linked 08/16

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